Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Iseman Cometh...

"He [John McCain] has criticized the cozy ties between lawmakers and lobbyists, but is relying on corporate lobbyists to donate their time running his presidential race and recently hired a lobbyist to run his Senate office. "

Sorry folks, I just couldn't resist this most obvious of puns stemming, of course, from the revelation in this morning's NYTimes that John "Methuselah" McCain may have been cheating on Cindy Lou "Beer Fortune" Hensley McCain, back during the 2000 elections. This is likely not the most salient issue of the McCain breaking scandal - it is rather the ethics violations that may give old man McCain problems. It is reminiscent of the Keating Five Scandal that erupted back in the 1980s. Between 1982 and 1987, McCain received approximately $112,000 in political contributions from Charles Keating Jr. and his associates. In addition, McCain's wife and her father, James Hensley, had invested $359,100 in a Keating shopping center in April 1986, a year before McCain met with the regulators. McCain, his family and baby-sitter made at least nine trips at Keating's expense, sometimes aboard the American Continental jet. After learning Keating was in trouble over Lincoln, McCain paid for the air trips totaling $13,433.

The facts surrounding the present McCain scandal revolve around a lobbyist, Vicki Iseman. "The lobbyist, a partner at the firm Alcalde & Fay, represented telecommunications companies for whom Mr. McCain’s commerce committee was pivotal. Her clients contributed tens of thousands of dollars to his campaigns."

"A champion of deregulation, Mr. McCain wrote letters in 1998 and 1999 to the Federal Communications Commission urging it to uphold marketing agreements allowing a television company to control two stations in the same city, a crucial issue for Glencairn Ltd., one of Ms. Iseman’s clients. He introduced a bill to create tax incentives for minority ownership of stations; Ms. Iseman represented several businesses seeking such a program. And he twice tried to advance legislation that would permit a company to control television stations in overlapping markets, an important issue for Paxson."

Raine's FourFreedomsBlog - Is this McCain's blowjob?

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